The Maui Pops Orchestra presents its annual Holiday Pops concert Sunday, Dec. 8, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's (The MACC) Castle Theater.
As always, the Maui Pops will provide a blended concert to suit a variety of musical tastes.
The first half of the program features special guest pianist Hyperion Knight performing Grieg's First Piano Concerto with the orchestra. One of the most popular piano concertos ever composed, it's a Romantic Era classic.
The first half of the program features special guest pianist Hyperion Knight performing Grieg’s First Piano Concerto with the orchestra.
After intermission, the orchestra welcomes Na Leo Lani O Maui, Maui's Hawaiian Community Choir, under the direction of Gale Wisehart and Kumu Uluwehi Guerrero, to join the Maui Pops for a program of holiday favorites titled "Peace On Earth."
Knight has been a frequent and much-requested guest of the Maui Pops Orchestra. Born in Berkeley, California, he graduated at age 19 from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Hyperion received both a master's degree and a doctor of musical arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He was awarded the Arthur Loesser Prize upon graduation--all by the age of 22!
Known for the diversity of his repertoire, Hyperion is equally at home in serious classics and popular standards. His recordings range from Beethoven to the Beatles.
In addition to regular appearances with orchestras across the U.S., Hyperion also makes frequent concert presentations on luxury cruise lines such as Silversea, Seabourn, Holland America and Celebrity. In 2013, he was given the honor of being named Silversea's "Entertainer of the Year."
Auriol Flavell, whose 90th birthday is also being celebrated with this concert, is providing the sponsorship for Hyperion Knight's performance.
Uluwehi Guerrero, who hails from Maui, is an internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning Na Hoku Hanohano vocalist and recording artist. Uluwehi sings in both traditional and contemporary styles. He has performed for audiences from New York's Carnegie Hall to top venues throughout Japan, both as soloist and with Hawai'i's greats. His biennial concert at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center with his Hula Halau Hula Kauluokala is always sold out.
Wisehart has directed many choirs including the Olivet Nazarene traveling high school choir of 400 members and an adult choir of 300 members. He has also directed church choirs in Arizona and California.
Wisehart and Uluwehi Guerrero formed Na Leo Lani O Maui in February 2007. As co-directors of the choir, their philosophy is to perpetuate the Hawaiian language and culture. The choir has 80 members. Wisehart arranges all of the choir's music.
Holiday Pops is supported in part by the Maui County Office of Economic Development, Hawai'i Tourism Authority, and the Hawai'i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai'i and by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets are $15 to $50 (plus applicable fees) and half-price for students 18 and under in the $50-$40-$30-price sections.
Call The MACC Box Office at (808) 242-SHOW (7469) or online at www.mauiarts.org/tickets.